Ok so I am in a Latin state of mind. Not to brag, but I am going to Panama in February. So I am totes all about exotic food right now in anticipation of my travels. I mean don’t be jealous, you can get a taste of those countries at home with this muy rica comida! (translates to “very tasty food”, you silly goose). Anyway, I digress. Host a tapas night, or serve as a game time snack, or even pack some for lunch one day with a side salad. This is one delish dish that is worth the extra time. Oh and for those of you that don’t know what an empanada is: its a meat-filled pie. Portable, popular street food and just plain old yummy!
1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (any puff pastry or pie dough would work this isn’t a shameless Pillsbury plug, Pepperidge Farm can get a holla too. Anyway, I made these two ways once with pie crusts and once with crescent roll dough to see which I liked better. Listen don’t judge Philly had a snowstorm and I had cabin fever & decided to keep busy by finding you guys the yummiest way to make these. No clear winner though: the crescent dough is harder to work with, but more fluffy. The pie crust was easier and flakier. So you decide whatever you like best. Ya, I have double the empanadas. So in reality I AM THE WINNER) & 1 egg, beaten
Chicken and Cheese Filling-
2 tbsp butter & 2-3 tbsp. flour (a roux)
1 medium Spanish onion chopped small
½ cup white wine (feel free to leave out if you don’t have any on hand).
2 chicken** pieces, skin removed & shredded/chopped. (I used a store bought rotisserie & kept the remaining for a chicken salad, obvi)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Mexican blend, shredded cheese (maybe even less)
Salt and pepper to taste (garlic powder also because I am a freak)
**(Another option is to brown some ground turkey or ground beef with some taco seasoning and use that in place of the chicken. Get creative folks! Use what you have lying around…don’t be running to the store more than once a week if you don’t have to).
Anyway, back to the cooking part: heat the butter/flour (roux) & add the onions saute over medium heat until translucent, around 4 minutes. Add the white wine and allow to evaporate until ½ of the liquid is left and to deglaze the pan. Add the chicken & the milk, a little at a time until well incorporated and the sauce is thick. Mix constantly, lastly you can add in the salt and pepper to taste (I also added garlic powder).
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove pie crusts from pouches; place flat on work surface. With 3 1/4-inch round cutter, cut 8 rounds from each pie crust. I don’t have a cutter so I used a martini glass, because I am hood like that. Spoon filling evenly onto half of each dough round. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the filling. A pinch of cheese people, don’t over stuff the empanada. Brush edge of crust rounds with beaten egg. Fold crust rounds in half; press edges with fork to seal. Place on foiled cookie sheet. Brush tops with egg. Bake 14-17 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool & serve immediately.
While the empanadas bake, you can whip up this easy, beyond delish dipping sauce. Any person can serve it with store bought salsa, a real foodie, makes even the accompaniments fresh! Check out the avocado cream recipe under Sauce Boss.
Oh so you bought a pie crust package for that quiche recipe and don’t know what else to do with the other pie shell? Easy! Make an apple galette. What is a galette? Think: mash up of a pie and a tart with less dough. Just fold over the edges of the crust, and there you have it! Also, note this galette can be made with peaches &/or plums if you’re using fresh summer fruits.
Ok so here it is:
3 apples peeled, cored, and sliced (use any kind, but if you insist on being hand held I’d use gala apples)
1tbsp of all-purpose flour
3 tbsp of granulated brown or white sugar (granulated just means not powdered, its the same kind you use in your coffee, relax)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (can’t stress enough that quality of ingredients is what makes food go from good to great, use the bottle stuff & you will taste the difference)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp melted butter (unsalted, duh)
1 pie shell
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take all the ingredients other than the pie shell and mix in a bowl. Lay pie dough on flat sheet pan, pour mixture in center of dough round and fold in the edges of the pie shell. Note the center will remain open, you are not folding or sealing the dough, but merely curling the edges inward (see photo). Bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown, let cool & serve.
Although this is meant to be a dessert, miss bougie would suggest to serve thin slivers of the galette with a cheese platter (inclusive of brie, gorgonzola, goat cheese) as a cocktail hour appetizer.